Law & English faculty win UCIS Faculty Fellowship

The 2015 recipients of the UCIS Faculty Fellowship are professor Jules Lobel from the School of Law, and associate professor Gayle Rogers from the Department of English.  Both Lobel and Rogers plan to use their fellowship to organize a major international conference at the University.  The UCIS Faculty Fellowship is awarded to faculty members whose work produces a significant impact on the international profile of the University of Pittsburgh.

With an academic focus on international and constitutional law, Professor Lobel will use his fellowship to organize a fall 2015 conference: Prolonged Solitary Confinement in International Law, Practice & Policy. Drawing participants from Europe, Latin America and the US, the conference will address international legal norms with respect to solitary confinement, prisoner segregation and isolation policies and practices in Europe, Latin America and the US, the history of solitary confinement, and the latest US and international psychological, social science, and neuroscience research analyzing the effects of solitary confinement on prisoners.  

Lobel is president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national human and constitutional rights organization headquartered in New York City. He has litigated numerous cases involving constitutional and human rights issues in the US courts and has represented members of Congress challenging various presidents’ assertions of executive power to unilaterally initiate warfare.

Associate professor Rogers’ fellowship will allow him to organize the Novel in World Literature conference, the biannual conference of the Society for Novel Studies, to be held May 20-22, 2016.  He expects the conference will draw 150 specialists from several countries to Pittsburgh to present their work on novels from across centuries and global landscapes. Rogers says the novel has emerged, especially in the past few decades, as the dominant literary genre for many writers around the world.  

Rogers’ academic works focuses primarily on global modernisms, literary history, translation theory, comparative literature, and periodicals.  He has just completed a book, Modernism: Evolution of an Idea (Bloomsbury, 2015), co-written with Sean Latham.  This history of the concept of modernism from the early twentieth-century to the new modernist studies of the present moment will be the first in the series New Modernisms that Rogers and Latham will co-edit. 

The UCIS Faculty Fellowship is awarded to Lobel and Rogers as a course buy-out, which was negotiated with their specific school.